DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”.

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

However, the proposed new bill doesn't make it clear how platforms would be able to turn over securely encrypted passwords to the authorities, as the text doesn't go into the specifics, although it does mention that “all” data sources available internally must be included when complying with an order.

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

BENGALURU: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led the committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), said the bill placed in Parliament on Wednesday, which allows the Centre to exempt its agencies from some or all provisions, is “dangerous” and can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. online privacy bill is not likely to come before Congress this year, three sources said, as lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state rules, forcing companies to deal with much stricter legislation in California that goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Ikea says sorry for customer data breach

Ikea says sorry for customer data breach

Swedish retailer Ikea yesterday apologised to affected customers in Singapore after the company inserted 410 individual e-mail addresses in the wrong message field of a promotional mailer and sent it out.

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

The mass surveillance conducted by European governments has on two occasions been struck down by the European Court of Justice.However Danish politicians and telco industry refuse to honor fundamental rights and continue to retain data illegally.You can download the current draft (in Danish) here (pdf).

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

How Google's anti-adblocking draft affects other Chromium-based browsers

How Google's anti-adblocking draft affects other Chromium-based browsers

The changes that Google proposes could impact other Chromium-based web browsers such as Vivaldi, Opera, Brave, or the new Microsoft Edge browser as well. How are Google's proposed changes to Chrome's extensions Manifest that would limit adblocking affecting other Chromium-based browsers?.

Pokémon finds a catch in children's data protection rights

Pokémon finds a catch in children's data protection rights

This means companies such as Pokémon — which has sold more than 300m video games worldwide, mostly aimed at children — must make “reasonable efforts” to verify that consent is given by someone with.

The Man Behind San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Is Working on More. Way More.

The Man Behind San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Is Working on More. Way More.

“He’s just omnipresent and very effective,” said Lee Hepner, a legislative aide to Aaron Peskin, the city supervisor who sponsored the facial recognition ban.

Privacy 2019: Fixing a 16 year-old privacy problem in TLS with ESNI

Privacy 2019: Fixing a 16 year-old privacy problem in TLS with ESNI

If attackers gain control of the A/AAAA record, they can use this to know which website the user attempted to access since they will be able to decrypt the encrypted_server_name during ClientHello.

China Prohibits ‘Deepfake’ AI Face Swapping Techniques

China Prohibits ‘Deepfake’ AI Face Swapping Techniques

The Chinese government’s revised Civil Code states that without subjects’ informed consent, no person can use deepfakes or other digital technologies to replace faces, except in exceptional circumstances stipulated by the law.

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

Explainer: With new rules to snoop and censor on…

Explainer: With new rules to snoop and censor on…

Called the Intermediary Rules, 2011 , they are drafted under the Information Technology Act, 2000 that provides immunity to online platforms and internet service providers for content which is transmitted and published by end users.

Japan considers applying domestic privacy rules to global tech giants

Japan considers applying domestic privacy rules to global tech giants

The panel of experts released the finding Monday in a draft list of issues related to applying domestic privacy protection rules to global information technology giants.

Cybersecurity and human rights

Cybersecurity and human rights

In addition, should the drafted bill pass, INCD will have access to computers and the authority to collect and process information, all in the name of identifying cybersecurity infiltrators.

Submission on Argentina's Draft Law on the Protection of Personal Data, 2018

Submission on Argentina's Draft Law on the Protection of Personal Data, 2018

While these efforts have positive intentions, a number of concerns ought to be addressed with the aim of strengthening the data protection framework and Privacy International wishes to make a number of observations and recommendations based on our analysis of the draft law.

EU governments agree to tougher stance on e-evidence

EU governments agree to tougher stance on e-evidence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook (NASDAQ: ) and Google (NASDAQ: ) stored in the cloud in another European country.

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

Snowden’s signed declaration, filed on October 31, confirms that one of the documents he leaked, which the EFF relied heavily on for its case, is an authentic draft document written by the then-NSA inspector general in 2009, which exposed concerns about the legality of the Bush’s warrantless surveillance program — Stellar Wind — particularly the collection of bulk email records on Americans.

Lawmakers Drafting Bill That Would Allow Social Media Checks Before Gun Purchase

Lawmakers Drafting Bill That Would Allow Social Media Checks Before Gun Purchase

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Two New York lawmakers are working to draft a bill that would propose a social media check before a gun purchase.

Donald Trump: White House drafts order to investigate Google, Facebook business practices

Donald Trump: White House drafts order to investigate Google, Facebook business practices

If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s antipathy toward Google, Facebook, and other social media companies, whom he has publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online.“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices," Trump said on Twitter in August.

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

For the next vote we need as many as possible supporters. This is intended to send a clear, Europe-wide message from both critics and activists against the copyright law reform and in favour of freedom of information.